Up, Up and away…

…in my beautiful balloon.

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier was born in 1740 and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier was born in 1745, they were paper manufacturers from Annonay in the Ardèche region of France. Both were inventors in their own right but are mostly remembered for their joint collaborations in inventing piloted hot air balloons. They launched the first ascent in 1783 which covered 2km and lasted ten minutes at a maximum altitude of about 2,000m. Success followed success and the Montgolfier hot air balloons were, and still are, a prominent feature in the “skyscape” of France, especially in the Perigord Noir.

 
Down, down over the forest at Castlenaud.

 
Slowly the balloon descended towards the house!

 
Apparently just missing the roof.

 
A companion landing in the field in front of the house and close to the road.

 
These pictures were taken a few weeks ago on our way to Sarlat early one morning. “Champagne breakfast over the forest anyone”?

 
They floated right over our heads and you could see the people inside the baskets. What a superb view they must have, not of us but of the Château’s, the Dordogne River and the surrounding forests and countryside, sight seeing at its best.

 
 
Event – Brocante at La Rock de la Gageac, 3rd September

 
 

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2 thoughts on “Up, Up and away…

  1. Summer is when we hear them breathing their dragons breath above our roof tops here in the Dordogne. They’re always a breathtaking sight but I’m not sure I would like to be in that little basket although the view must be amazing.

  2. Now I’ve got that sixties tune ‘Up up and away in my beautiful balloon’ as an earwig but I don’t mind! I drive through Annonay whenever I travel from Grenoble to our Maison Secondaire in the south of Cantal and I am not at all surprised to learn that the brothers Montgolfier perceived their balloon there 🙂

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